War Memories: The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in Modern European Culture

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The memory of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars was so powerful across Europe because they constituted a crucial turbaning point in European history. The military expansion of France ensured that scarcely a corner of Europe remained untouched by the wars and by the political, economic and social changes that accompanied them. This interdisciplinary volume brings together an international team of experts who study how experiences and memories were transmitted to future generations in European culture and ...

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Overview

The memory of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars was so powerful across Europe because they constituted a crucial turbaning point in European history. The military expansion of France ensured that scarcely a corner of Europe remained untouched by the wars and by the political, economic and social changes that accompanied them. This interdisciplinary volume brings together an international team of experts who study how experiences and memories were transmitted to future generations in European culture and explore the various media through which they passed. This focus allows the authors to examine the intersection between experience and memory, between the private and the public, history and fiction, literature and art, and, most significantly of all, between the memories of the individual, groups, regions, nations, and the continent of Europe.

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'We have focused so intensely on issues of history and memory arising out of the world wars of the twentieth century that we have tended to lose sight of the huge transnational impact of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. This superb, stimulating and vivid collection of essays offers a welcome invitation to reconsider a major factor in the making of western modernity.' — Colin Jones, Queen Mary University of London, UK

'What forged nation-states was not so much war as the cultural memory of war. Since nationalism was primarily a nineteenth- and twentieth-century phenomenon, the Napoleonic Wars played a vital part in shaping national cultures of remembrance and public history. This carefully-composed volume offers new and convincing perspectives on these processes and provides an impressive and truly European overview of the qustion.' — Horst Carl, University of Gießen, Germany

'The field of remembrance studies is now very crowded, but this book stands out as a wide- ranging compendium and showcase for the inventive, challenging work being done in this field for the Revolutionary-Napoleonic period. The editors have brought together a collection of uniformly fine essays, from some of the best scholars working in this genre, many of them young and emerging. This marks an important step in the ever burgeoning renaissance of Napoleonic studies. Yet another new, conceptual front has been opened here.' — Michael Broers, Oxford University, UK

"This fine addition to a splendid book series opens important new perspectives on the ways the wars of the French Revolution and Napoleon have been remembered and commemorated in European culture. Ranging across genres from memoirs to novels to the visual arts and material culture, the essays collected here add significantly to our understanding of the wars' impact, and form a fascinating counterpart to the literature on war memories and culture in the twentieth century." — David A. Bell, Princeton University, USA

'Drawing on a fascinating battery of concepts that originate in anthropology and sociology as well as in history, the editors have assembled a team of well-respected historians whose work emphasises the many links between experience and memory, the public and the private, history and fiction, violence and pacification, and between male values and a specifically feminine sensibility that helps to redefine gender difference.' — Pierre Serna, Université Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne, France

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137365408
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/18/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

ALAN FORREST is professor of Modern History at the University of York, UK. He has published widely on French Revolutionary and Napoleonic history in France and Europe, on the history of armies and war, and on the cultural history of modern France.

ETIENNE FRANCOIS is professor emeritus of History at the Free University of Berlin, Germany,and at the University of Paris-I (Panthéon-Sorbonne). His research focuses on German, French and European Early Modern and Modern history, with a special interest in the issue of history and memory.

KAREN HAGEMANN is James G. Kenan distinguished professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. Her research focuses on modern German and European history and on gender history, especially on the relationship between war, the nation and gender.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword to the Series
Notes on Contributors
Preface; A.Forrest, É.François and K.Hagemann
Introduction: War Memories: The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in Modern European Culture; A.Forrest, É.François and K.Hagemann
PART I: MEMORIES IN PERSONAL WRITINGS
1. War, Experience and Memory: An Austrian Cavalry Officer Narrates the Napoleonic Wars; L.James
2. Remembering the Other: The Peninsular War in the Autobiographical Accounts of British and French Soldiers; L.Montroussier-Favre
3. Bayonets Across the Hedges: British Civilian Diaries and the War at Home, 1793–1815; C.Kennedy
4. Conquered Territories and Entangled Histories: The Perception of Franco-German and German-Polish Borderlands in German Travelogues, 1792–1820; B.Struck
5. Napoleon's Egyptian Campaign and Nineteenth-Century Orientalism: Perceptions and Memories in Autobiographical Accounts and Novels; M-C.Thoral
PART II: MEMORY AND NOVELS
6. Warrior Sailors and Heroic Boys: Images of Masculinity in English Nautical Novels on the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars; L.Peters
7. German Patriots and French Soldiers: Memories of the Napoleonic Wars in German Historical Novels on the Rhineland; M.Schultz
8. Female Heroism: Images of Patriotic Women in Nineteenth Century Russian Historical Novels of the War of 1812; R.Leiserowitz
Part III: MEMORY, CULTURAL PRACTICES AND MATERIAL CULTURE
9. Monumental Memories: State Commemoration of the Napoleonic Wars in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain; H.Hoock
10. National Symbols and the Politics of Memory: The Prussian Iron Cross of 1813, its Cultural Context and its Aftermath; K.Hagemann
PART IV: MEMORY AND VISUAL REPRESENTATIONS
11. The Memory of War through Cartoons: Imagining the French Invasion of Britain, 1793–1804; R.Reichardt
12. Peasants, Cossacks and the 'Black Tsar': Russian Cartoons during the Wars of 1812 to 1814; M.Peltzer
13. Another lieu de mémoire?: Napoleonic Painting, the Museum, and French Memory; D.O' Brien
14. La pierre et l'empereur: Remembering the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in French Lithography; K.Buchinger
15. The Disasters of a People's War: Goya's Image of the Peninsular War and Spanish War Memories; P.K.Klein
16. Heroic Memories: Gendered Images of the Napoleonic Wars in German Feature Films of the Interwar Period; W.Koller
Conclusion: The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars as a Shared and Entangled European lieu de mémoire; É.François
Index

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